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  Bryson Spinner
Bryson Spinner
Player Profile

Alexandria, Va.

High School:
Episcopal H.S.

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 218



WORTH NOTING: Competing for the starting quarterback job in 2001, following the departure of Dan Ellis ... battled Matt Schaub throughout the season for the backup quarterback position behind Ellis in 2000 … ultimately moved ahead of Schaub in the competition midway through the season ... one of the "new breed" of mobile, strong-armed signal callers in the mold of Aaron Brooks, Joe Hamilton and Donovan McNabb, among others, who can beat you with their arms or their legs … became the first freshman (true or redshirt) to start at Virginia under former head coach George Welsh when he opened under center against defending national champion Florida State in Tallahassee … was the first freshman to start at quarterback for UVa since Mike Eck in 1981, the year before Welsh’s arrival … is just the sixth Cavalier freshman to start at quarterback since the restoration of freshman eligibility in 1972 …completed nine of 21 passes for 130 yards and one interception vs. the Seminoles … his 130 yards passing are the most by a UVa freshman making his first start ... became just the second freshman (true or red-shirt) to start and win at quarterback for UVa since 1972 when he guided the Cavaliers to a 24-17 win over N.C. State on Nov. 18 … the other is Scott Gardner, playing as a true freshman, who led the Cavaliers to a 15-12 win at Wake Forest on Nov. 18, 1972 (28 years to the day before Spinner’s win) ... lettered for the first time in 2000 ... completed 11 of 18 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns without an interception in the 2001 spring game ... also ran five times for 15 yards.

AT VIRGINIA: 2000—Appeared in six games during the regular season—as a reserve against Clemson, Wake Forest and Maryland and as a starter against Florida State, N.C. State and Virginia Tech … also played against Georgia in the Jeep O’ahu Bowl ... his action against Clemson and Wake Forest was limited to short yardage and goal-line situations where he ran the option to great success ... saw his most extensive action up to that time beginning with the first series following Dan Ellis’ hamstring injury late in the first half of the Maryland game … played five series in the game without much success … failed to complete a pass in three attempts and had his first attempt intercepted … was also sacked once before giving way to Schaub to close out the game … made the first start of his career against Florida State … acquitted himself well against the nation’s sixth-ranked team in a hostile environment at Doak Campbell Stadium … completed nine of 21 passes for 130 yards and one interception … his 130 yards passing are the most by a UVa freshman making his first start … played the first three quarters vs. the Seminoles before being replaced by Schaub … did not play the next two weeks as Ellis returned to start against North Carolina and Georgia Tech … stepped back into the starting spot against N.C. State after Ellis aggravated his hamstring injury in the Georgia Tech game … turned in several big plays to key an important win that enabled the Cavaliers to become bowl eligible … completed seven of 17 passes for 149 yards and one touchdown … he didn’t throw an interception and was the victim of several drops … he also tied Tyree Foreman as the game’s leading rusher with 83 yards … among his 14 carries was a 61-yard option keeper in the first quarter, the longest run by a UVa quarterback since Bob Davis raced 88 yards for a touchdown against N.C. State in 1964 … also connected with wide receiver Billy McMullen on a 68-yard scoring play late in the third quarter for his first touchdown pass and the longest play from scrimmage by Virginia that season … became just the second freshman quarterback to lead Virginia to a victory since freshmen became eligible to play varsity in 1972 (Scott Gardner in 1972 is the other) … started the regular season finale against Virginia Tech, ranked sixth at game time … connected on nine of 20 attempts for 157 yards, including a 62-yard bomb to tight end Chris Luzar ... went most of the way at quarterback against Georgia in the Jeep O’ahu Bowl after Ellis injured his ankle on UVa’s opening series ... completed 14 of 22 passes for 153 yards with two interceptions ... threw a 78-yard pass to wide receiver Tavon Mason in the second quarter ... Virginia scored two plays later on a 14-yard lateral from Spinner to wide receiver Demetrius Dotson ... lettered.

HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year starter at quarterback at Episcopal High School for head coach Mark Gowin ... led team to 9-0 record and Independent Athletic Conference title as a senior … threw for 1,388 yards and 16 touchdowns with only four interceptions that season … also rushed for 888 yards and 21 touchdowns … scored on his lone reception of the season … named an All-American and rated the No. 10 combination quarterback in the nation by the National Recruiting Advisor ... 1998 preseason All-American by Prep Star magazine … rated one of the top eight quarterbacks in the ACC region by ACC Area Sports Journal … rated the No. 8 prospect in Virginia by SuperPrep … selected to first-team All-Metro by Washington Post as a senior and honorable mention All-Metro as a junior … one of NBC’s George Michael’s Golden Eleven … Pigskin Club of Washington’s All Metropolitan first-team quarterback … Alexandria Sportsman’s Club Football Player of the Year … Fairfax County Hall of Fame Player of the Year … The Journal Newspapers Northern Virginia Football Player of the Year … Independent Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player ... team captain his junior and senior years ... named one of the top ten prospects in Virginia by Charlottesville Daily Progress "Gold List" … rated the No. 5 prospect in the state by the Roanoke Times following his senior year ... selected to play in the annual Chesapeake Classic All-Star game ... captained Episcopal’s basketball team as a junior and senior … named MVP of state tournament as a junior … second-team Washington Post All-Metro as a senior and honorable mention All-Metro in junior and sophomore seasons … led Episcopal to state independent schools championship as a junior ... also lettered in track … set school records for triple jump and 4 x 100 relay.

PERSONAL: Bryson Allinson Spinner ... born 11-7-80 in Alexandria, Va. ... son of Ronald and LaWanda Spinner ... has five siblings: Marcus (26), Rhonda (24), Shelton (19), Tyree (18) and Ronald, Jr. (14) … both parents played college basketball ... brother Tyree is a freshman on the 2001 UVa football team ... dormitory monitor at Episcopal High School.

Spinner Passing
Year G Att. Comp. Pct. Int. Yds. LP TD YPG Eff. Pts.
2000 6 61 25 41.0 2 436 68 1 72.7 99.88

Spinner Rushing
Year GP No. Yds. Avg. YPG LP TD
2000 6 32 93 2.9 15.5 61 0


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